State Government grant brings Pia’s Place to life

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti with Amy Rudd and children Eva and Gillian. Picture: Bruce Hunt d484524
West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti with Amy Rudd and children Eva and Gillian. Picture: Bruce Hunt d484524

THE STATE Government has committed $1.25 million towards the building Pia’s Place – an all abilities nature playground at Whiteman Park.

The park, with more than 40 play features, honours Pia Rudd, who died from SIDS.

The project, initiated by her parents Tony and Amy Rudd, will be suitable for all children, including those with disabilities and mobility challenges.

The grant will be provided to the Touched by Olivia Foundation, who will manage construction of the playground.

The nature-based playground will feature custom-built play equipment including an elevated lighthouse, polished concrete slides, a basket swing, a wheelchair accessible carousel and sensory garden, and will be located near the Mussel Pool East.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said as a mother of three she knew the joy playgrounds gave children.

“Last year, I saw the opening of the Livvi’s Place in Whiteman Edge, where hundreds of young families are moving each year – this will provide another area for them to enjoy,” she said.

“I commend the commitment and dedication of the Rudds and their supporters for bringing their vision to life.”

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said it was important to have facilities where children of all abilities could come together.

“Building communities that focus on being inclusive and accessible means better opportunities and outcomes for everyone, both now and into the future,” he said.